Jack Daigle

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Jack David Daigle
08/30/1942 - 12/04/2014
Jack David Daigle, 72, passed into eternal rest and returned home on December 4th, 2014 with family by his side.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held this Thursday, Dec. 11th at the Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise, Idaho beginning at 11:30 a.m. Graveside services will be held immediately following at 1 p.m. at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery in Boise with full military honors.
Jack was born to Luke and Merle Daigle on August 30th, 1942 in Jasper, Texas. He was the eldest of five children. At a young age, Jack and his family moved to Jennings, Louisiana where he attended primary school and graduated from high school. Jack was a talented cross country runner and earned himself a position on the all-state team while in high school. Jack was also an expert diver and swimmer and was a life guard for many years in his hometown.
Jack attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and later joined the United States Air Force in 1962.
Jack received orders to serve as a radar technician with the First Combat Evaluation Group in Idaho and moved there in 1967. Shortly thereafter Jack met a stunning, sunny farm girl named Patricia and he knew his life would never be the same.
Jack married the love of his life, Patricia, on September 27th, 1969 in Caldwell, Idaho. Their first child, Tricia J'nean, was born in 1971, their second child, Brian David, was born in 1973, and they welcomed twins, Nichelle Renee and Neil Edward, in 1974.
Jack served honorably and retired from the USAF in 1988 after 26 years of service. He served two tours in Vietnam, a tour in South Korea and Thailand, as well as many tours of duty throughout the United States. He received numerous commendation medals and awards for his service.
Jack worked for Micron Technology in Boise and spent thirteen years there before retiring. Shortly after that, Jack began working as a production engineer for Idaho Public Television and worked there until the time of his passing.
Jack is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Patricia, and their four children: Tricia, Brian (wife Kristin), Nichelle, and Neil (wife Andrea ), and two granddaughters: Marissa and Kaila all of Boise, Idaho. He is also survived by his sister, Leslie Plasterer (Daigle) of Norfolk, Virginia and Don Daigle of Lafayette, Louisiana.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Luke and Merle Daigle, and two sisters, Joyce Lynne Fontenot (Daigle) and Laurie Ann Merchant (Daigle).
Jack was a caring, compassionate, and hard-working man. He loved his family beyond measure. He loved all of God's creatures - especially dachshunds. He believed in sacrifice and service to his country and his fellow man.
Jack's laugh was infectious, his hands were gentle, and his heart was soft. Jack always wanted others to win. He rooted for the underdog and was easily brought to tears when he encountered others' suffering. Jack always used to tell his children "you go out there and make it a good day" because he believed in the power of making a difference in the lives of others. Jack will be deeply missed but he and his legacy will live on in the work and lives of his family and friends, whom he so deeply cherished.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Jack's name to any of the following organizations: , Wounded Warrior Project, The Idaho Human Society, or Idaho Public Television.
Jack's family would like to extend their gratitude to friends and family for their love and support, and to Hearts and Home Hospice for all their compassionate care.

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Cloverdale Funeral Home
1200 North Cloverdale Road
Boise, ID 83713
(208) 375-2212
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Dec. 9, 2014
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